We caught up with AIFS alum, Megan Maher, who spent a semester studying abroad in Grenoble, France back in Fall 2014! Here’s what she had to say about her experience overseas.
How has your study abroad experience impacted your educational goals and career?
It gave me a new desire to learn more than what the classes and professors wanted me to. I may have majored in Communications during my undergrad, but I loved going to museums, castles, and towns that were full of rich and awesome history.
How has your study abroad experience impacted other areas of your life?
Not only do I have the added bonus of having learned a second language, I gained a new independence that has helped me navigate the post grad world with confidence. Public transportation? No problem. Booking trips on a budget? Easy. Asking for directions? No sweat!
Have you been back to your study abroad location since your time abroad?
No, but I plan to since I will have more freedom to travel.
Are you still in contact with other students or anyone you met during your time abroad?
Yes! I still talk to some of my classmates, and I keep in contact with my host mom as well.
Are there any activities or traditions from your time abroad that you have continued back in the US?
I definitely still drink as much French wine and eat as much French food as I can.
What are your top destinations for future travel?
Scotland, Ireland, England, Belgium, and of course back to France!
Any advice for students who are considering studying abroad?
Just do it. You will regret not jumping in when you could. Also, try not to go abroad just because your friends are. If you want to go somewhere different, just go and you’ll meet so many more new people. Plus, you get a new travel destination so you can visit your other friends abroad!
Any advice for recently returned study abroad students?
Don’t let the people who tell you to stop bragging about it get you down. You had way more fun than they did, and it’s not your fault your similar experiences happened abroad and not on campus back home.
Anything else you want to add?
I love, love, loved my experience! I always have friends I can visit and a leg up on all the other people in the workforce who didn’t study abroad.